Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Pro fox, anti ban!

Been down watching line of police at the Pro-Hunting demo outside the Labour convention, so seems appropriate to post the most unbiased look at the issue I could find on the net - try getting an impartial view of the matter through Google...

Thinking over the political stage, I wonder - Is there a danger of politics being ruled less and less by common-sensed, balanced thinking, and more by appealing, en masse, to the (now much more reachable) public's instincts and their emotions?

Thinking of the two main mass-mobilisation issues this week - hunting and the war - it seems that there are many more people willing to shout vociferously about something than actually think about it. I heard one (anti-hunt, I assumed) woman asking another with hound puppies on leads, in a very serious manner, if "hares are becoming extinct", what with all the hunting...

In some ways, politics is extremely over-complicated, and needs to be made simpler to understand - but this is never going to be true also of the many-factored world in which it operates. Having a strong opinion on an issue (strong enough to march, say) currently seems to be a far cry from understanding it.

1 comment:

fgjhfgjhhg said...

Nice post. Coherent argument.